Sun Tzu's strategy enables you to make better, faster, decisions every day. It works by redefining completion, not as conflict but as a comparison. His system is designed to win the support of others. People compare us to others, choosing to support us, oppose us, or ignore us based upon our "strategic position." Our positions are, in turn, the result of our choices, comparing what we see as our alternatives. His system teaches us how to make the right choices to improve our position relative to others. Read more about Sun Tzu's unique view of competition here.
The Desperate Situation arises when our position is deteriorating rapidly and everything is at risk. The desperate situation is characterized by its lack of alternatives. We must make sure we identify our situation correctly, eliminating every other possible situation and response--which is why it is last in this series (6.4.9 Desperate Situations). The real risk of the desperate situation is that we delay making the difficult decision. The only alternative is that we simply give up, roll over, and die (...To continue reading, click here.
Sun Tzu teaches that our success depends on our individual decision-making in interacting with other people. These decisions depend on our training. Sadly, we are all educated to work with inanimate objects not as warriors working with other people, as producers not competitors. Because of this, most of us fall back upon our instinctual "fight or flight" response when we are faced with interpersonal challenges. These instincts lead to destructive instead of productive decisions. Sun Tzu taught a new way for us to see competition.
The Warrior Class is designed like a game app. It offers 306 lessons in Sun Tzu's competitive methods. Each series of lessons is a game where you win or lose warrior health points. You must stay healthy to move to the next level. In each lesson, you make decisions about how competition works. After you make your choices, you learn the principles of Sun Tzu's The Art of War. The course covers each paragraph of Sun Tzu's text from beginning to end. You can receive a certificate of completion upon completing each of its three parts.Warrior Class Lessons are both challenging and fun. They are also self-paced.
Warriors make decisions. Workers follow orders. Warriors see every task as a personal challenge. Workers put themselves at the mercy of others. Warriors get what they deserve. Workers get what they are given. In today's world, warriors are in demand everywhere. Workers are available everywhere. Worker or Warrior? The choice is yours. Read more about today's working warriors.
As Sun Tzu said, competition is complex but good strategy is a simple matter of learning to make the right comparisons. People are usually surprised by how many powerful tools his Golden Key approach offers, but its most basic tools are immediately valuable. We offer a simple road map to get you started. The sooner you start on the road to making winning decisions, the faster you can improve your position.
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A great deal of Sun Tzu's work is situation specific. The problem is that a given lesson is easily ignored or forgotten because it doesn't apply to your current situation. Sun Tzu's Art of War Playbook breaks down Sun Tzu's methods into very specific lessons. As the result of over a decade of work. It detail Sun Tzu's system of strategy into a series of step-by-step articles. Each article explores the opportunities hidden in different situations. It was developed over the years by the Institute's multiple award-winning author and founder, Gary Gagliardi from his work training leaders in the world's largest organizations. Read more about the Play Book.
Sun Tzu's system of making the right choices depends on knowing how to make simple comparisons. Successful people are not gifted from birth. They are ordinary people who developed a very specific set of skills. Most develop these skills through costly trial and error. Success requires a least a little skill in nine different areas of making the right comparisons and the right choices. Read more about these nine skills.
No book written in the conceptual ancient Chinese can be completely translated into English prose. Most translations are based on manuscripts that are now considered incomplete. The translators usually are familiar with modern Chinese rather than ancient Chinese. Few translators understand the system of Chinese philosophy that underlies its system. Read more about translation problems here.
Sun Tzu's book is one of the most valuable works in human history. It is also one of the most difficult to understand. All English translations are an approximation of the original Chinese, which is more like mathematical formulas that English sentences. Much of Sun Tzu's writing is based on concepts in traditional Chinese science and philosophy with which modern readers are unfamiliar. Read more about the keys to Sun Tzu.
There are dozens of schools of strategy. Most ideas of strategy are rather academic, designed to sell consulting. For Sun Tzu, the process of making decisions that affect positions, that is, choosing responses to a competitive situations. is the whole of strategy. The methods for executing a response are the whole of tactics. The "golden key" of strategy is weighing alternatives correctly. Read more about the key differences between strategy and tactics.
Competition is now worldwide. This means that people all over the wolrd are being compared to one another. In the past, people could plan on staying with the same organizations for a lifetime, so they didn't worry about their competitive position every day. That world is gone forever. Today, we have to constantly evaluate our position in the workforce and make smarter decisions about how to improve our position. Read more about why today's world requires Sun Tzu's thinking.
Throughout history, people have rediscovered the same success principles over and over again. Sun Tzu was the first to describe them in his The Art of War, but the same formulas for making decisions are described in slightly different terms in every competitive arena from sports to politics. This "Golden Key" Strategy is universal because it is based on human nature and our response to challenges. Read more about how it works.